Collection Selections: Handbags

Exhibit on view: January 13, 2014 - July 14, 2014
Photo: Beaded purse, about 1900, Gift of Ernest H. Whitaker, Jr.

Women’s purses have often combined beauty and utility. The Museum’s artifact collection includes more than 100 handbags. Contrast their styles as you view a selection of bags drawn from the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore shoulder bags, wristlets, clutches, coin purses, and wallets made from a variety of materials ranging from silk and leather to metal and beads.

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